Hey can I buy it off ya?Randyk47 said:Maybe my thought process or knowledge base is way off but I've always thought the vast majority of beneficial bacteria is in the filter and substrate and that a UV sterilizer only attacks or addresses waterborne algae and bacteria. Personally I have a UV sterilizer just sitting on the shelf that I took out off my 55 gallon during an upgrade/maintenance cycle. My intention had been to put it back on the tank but quite frankly I saw no difference in the water clarity so I've just left it off. My personal goal is crystal clear water, or as close as I can get to that, and I've managed to do that without the sterilizer so there it sits.
I have the 24W Green Killing Machine and I think it's one of the best out there. The replacement bulb is quite pricey though. With a new bulb my 24W practically clears up the water overnight whenever I use it. I don't use it all the time to extend the bulb life.llama roadkill said:Do you think it would be a good investment overtime?
Has anyone tried this?
I'm not sure... its a pretty bulky thing for an in-water unit. It has 4 suction cups on the power head that attach to the back of the aquarium, and the bulb housing hangs down off the power head, it's about 6 inches long. You may be able to, but it might be a little ungainly. XD I can take a photo of in the 29 if that helps.llama roadkill said:Would a Green Killing Machine work in one the of back chambers of a BioCube?
Yup and that's the 9W. The 24W is twice that length and even more unsightly. That's why I only use it for temporary quick fixes when there's green water or treating disease. Good thing they're very efficient so I don't have to keep them running in the tank for a long time.Tsyklon said:
I've run mine, when I've used it, either inline or as a standalone HOB with a power head. It's a good 16" tall by about 6" wide by about 4" thick/deep. I figure the design is driven by trying to maximize the water's exposure to the UV bulb through size and the serpentine route the water flows internally. Slow in this case is better than fast.LisaAnne said:They are bulky. Mine will be inline, attached to my canister filter under my cabinet.
Yes, that's exactly right. The slower the water flows through the unit, the more time the water spends being exposed to the UV light, which helps the sterilization of parasites and whatnot. Faster flow may still result in clear water but, it won't give the unit ample time to rid your water column of anything else. Remembering that the process of sterilization is directly related to the size of these units makes them seem less bulky... well almost. lolRandyk47 said:I've run mine, when I've used it, either inline or as a standalone HOB with a power head. It's a good 16" tall by about 6" wide by about 4" thick/deep. I figure the design is driven by trying to maximize the water's exposure to the UV bulb through size and the serpentine route the water flows internally. Slow in this case is better than fast.
Yes, kind of but then again I'm not convinced it would help the situation you're dealing with on your other major thread. That's still a head-scratcher.AquaLady said:Does it work for odors?